Reports: IndyCar’s testing plans for Road America, updates for road course

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The announcement last month that the Verizon IndyCar Series will bring open-wheel racing back to Road America in 2016 means the series should test at the 4-mile track soon, in addition to updates to the facility itself.

Outgoing IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker told Racer.com that instead of a series coordinated test, any testing at the track would worked out between the teams themselves.

Racer says some teams will test at the Elkhart Lake, Wisc. track on Sept. 22 and others will a week later on the 28th.

A report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has information on what updates to expect for the track when IndyCar arrives for the race, the weekend of June 23-26, 2016.

Track president George Bruggenthies said in addition to safety improvements to accommodate IndyCar, Road America will also be giving victory lane a face lift, making it “a little more fan friendly.”

Bruggenthies also said there will be a new retail center and an expansion of a path that opened up viewing areas on the back side of Road America.

The Road America board of directors is also considering the expansion of the trail on the inside of the track from the Carousel toward Canada Corner,  section of the track that had minimal access during the track’s first 60 years.

“We essentially have to add material and build a bridge because it’s such a steep angle,” Bruggenthies said. “But that was the goal, to go all the way around to (Turn) 13…. We know the fans like it, so we’re going to continue to improve it maybe with terrace seating along some areas, and they’re going to see if we can get to 13.”